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International Libel and Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-35705-7
592 pages
February 2013
International Libel and Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers, 3rd Edition (1118357051) cover image


An indispensable survival guide for anyone in the media industry and the lawyers who serve them

Especially now, in an age of instant global access through digital media, it is vitally important that journalists, authors and publishers, as well as the lawyers who serve them, be fully up on the laws governing media, worldwide. The ultimate resource for all the media content providers and purveyors, this fully updated and expanded Third Edition of the critically-acclaimed handbook offers you instant access to relevant libel and privacy laws and important legal rulings in the Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. It clearly and concisely explains risks publishers should know about prior to publication, steps they can take in order to avoid legal conflicts, and legal defences available to them in the event of a claim.

  • Offers nation-by-nation summaries of libel and privacy law written by local practitioners in an easy-to-use reference format
  • Expanded to include coverage of important emerging territories—Mexico, Israel, and Argentina, et al—as well as the latest libel and privacy rulings
  • Features new chapters on emerging media markets—including Israel, Mexico, Argentina, Jordan, and others—as well as valuable updates to the Middle East section
  • Provides updates on all major media markets and nations, along with coverage of changes in libel laws in key jurisdictions, including Australia, the UK, Hungary and Germany
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Table of Contents

Preface: Understanding Media Law in the Global Context ix

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction: How to Use This Book xxiii


CHAPTER 1 Argentina 3
Leonardo Cesar Ferreira

CHAPTER 2 Brazil 23
Laura Fragomeni, Paula Mena Barreto, and Eduardo de Moraes

CHAPTER 3 Canada 39
Brian MacLeod Rogers

CHAPTER 4 Chile 59
Leonardo Cesar Ferreira

CHAPTER 5 Mexico 81
Leonardo Cesar Ferreira

CHAPTER 6 United States 103
Thomas H. Golden and Casey Boyle


CHAPTER 7 Australia 131
Peter Bartlett

CHAPTER 8 China 149
Vincent Wang and Edward J. Davis with Yonatan Berkovits

CHAPTER 9 Hong Kong 183
Doreen Weisenhaus, Rick Glofcheski, and Edward J. Davis

CHAPTER 10 India 211
Janmejay Rai and Barunesh Chandra

CHAPTER 11 Japan 223
Yoshio Iteya, Atsushi Okada, and Akira Marumo

CHAPTER 12 Korea 235
Kyu Ho Youm

CHAPTER 13 Malaysia 253
H. R. Dipendra

CHAPTER 14 Singapore 265
Tay Peng Cheng

CHAPTER 15 Thailand 279
Sinfah Tunsarawuth


CHAPTER 16 Belgium 297
Steven De Schrijver

CHAPTER 17 England and Wales 341
Mark Stephens

CHAPTER 18 France 357
Dominique Mondoloni

CHAPTER 19 Germany 371
Jan Hegemann

CHAPTER 20 Italy 385
Charles J. Glasser Jr.

CHAPTER 21 Netherlands 401
Jens van den Brink

CHAPTER 22 Poland 415
Charles J. Glasser Jr.

CHAPTER 23 Russia 427
Anna Otkina

CHAPTER 24 Spain 447
Almudena Arpon de Mendivil and Juan Jose Marin Lopez

CHAPTER 25 Switzerland 459
Rolf Auf der Maur


CHAPTER 26 The Middle East 477
Charles J. Glasser Jr.

CHAPTER 27 Israel 493
Ori Shenhar

CHAPTER 28 Jordan 505
Safwan Moubaydeen

CHAPTER 29 The United Arab Emirates (UAE) 513
Charles J. Glasser Jr.

Bibliography and Recommended Reading 523

About the Editor 525

About the Contributors 527

Index 537

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Author Information

CHARLES J. GLASSER, Jr. has spent the majority of his life in the news industry, as a journalist and media lawyer. Glasser began his love affair with journalism as a stringer for United Press International attending the 1972 Democratic and Republication National Conventions while in high school. Through the 1980s, Glasser then became a staffer at several daily newspapers and international wire services, where he covered the civil wars in El Salvador, insurgency in Nicaragua, and enterprise stories out of England, India, Cuba, Haiti and elsewhere. While in law school at NYU, he worked in the Legal Department of NBC News in New York, and was honored at graduation in 1996 with the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal for his contribution to the legal community. As a lawyer, Charles Glasser has worked in Portland, Maine, representing the Portland Press Herald, Reader's Digest, and several local broadcasters in First Amendment and freedom of information issues. He returned to New York, in 1998, where as a litigation associate at Squadron Ellenoff, he defended several nationally known publications and broadcasters. In 2000, he joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher as a Senior Associate representing Bloomberg News. He joined Bloomberg in-house as Global Media Counsel, in 2002, where he is responsible for pre-publication review, ombudsman issues, ethics inquiries, newsroom litigation and libel training for more than 2,000 reporters in 120 bureaus around the world.

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